AFROpunk Style and Stylespiration
One of my favorite festivals is here and seeing that i finally have a blog, i get to express my views specifically on the fits that grace this event. Check this out though. This morning, i came across a post that posed this question to its readers " Are African Americans appropriating the African Culture " my exact vibes where "what sought of question is this?" "who asks these questions?" Sometimes these questions need be asked to spark a healthy conversation emphasis on healthy. It is a touchy subject considering the subject of slavery, identity et cetera are brought up. As usual, i posed the question to the nearest person around me at the time... my sister. So we had a debate.. it was more of a conversation really than a debate. My stance first and foremost is that Africa is not a country consisting of a monolithic culture and ethnic groups but it is a continent with many countries, cultures, ethnic groups and Languages. The term "African culture" tends to rub me off the wrong way. Secondly, i do not believe African American being descendants of Africans can appropriate a culture that is theirs in the first place. To my African American brothers and sisters, i say rock your dashiki, natural hair, braids, piercings, Uli (body paint in Igbo), African cloth (kanga, kitenge, bogolanfini, akwete, ashoke, kente, ukara, adire et al ) african inspired prints (Ankara or wax prints), kaftan and the list goes on... but DO NOT stop there!! Do your research on why, where, how, who and what's. These are part of your history and identity that were stripped from you against your will. Thus, it should not be just a TREND but a form of awakened CONSCIOUSNESS. To my fellow Africans, do not fuss, teach instead. Like my mother will say "when you teach, you learn" You would be amazed at how much you will learn about your own culture when you focus more on teaching than finding faults. So let me bring this home and tie it with Afropunk 'Embrace your Identity' Now enough with all my preaching. These are some of my favorite looks from the past Afropunk festival.
Hope it was an enjoyable and insightful post. Third time was a charm considering we have a flood warning in my neck of woods and power went off twice. I had to write this all over! Do not hesitate to leave your comments down below. Until next time BeYoutifuls